The NHS, social care and public health in Kent and Medway are working together to plan how we will transform health and social care services to meet the changing needs of local people. It is the first time we have all worked together in this way and it gives us a unique opportunity to bring about positive and genuine improvement in health and social care delivery over the next five years.
We are developing a Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) that will set out how we think services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care for people for decades to come. It will help us deliver the Five Year Forward View, which sets out the national vision for health and social care. We will only be able to decide on and implement any changes following a period of engagement and consultation with our communities – this is just the start of the process.
We need to do this because our current health and social care system isn’t set up to meet the needs of today’s population. Many more people are living longer – which is great – but they want and need a different kind of care.
Although most people get good care most of the time, services are not always good enough, too many people wait too long for treatment and we can’t recruit enough staff. So, first and foremost, we need to design services that improve services for our patients. At the same time, we are facing a big financial problem. Across Kent and Medway, health and social care have £3.4billion in funding but overspent by £141million last year. Without change, we will be looking at a hole of £485million in our budgets by 2020/21.
The plan will provide:
- better health and wellbeing
- better standards of care
- better use of staff and funds
Our pledge to you
We want to get this right, and we know that we need your views to help us do that.
So we will use all the means at our disposal to involve patients, carers, the public and health and care professionals, at every stage.
At the appropriate time, there will be full public consultation about any substantial changes proposed but, first, we want to ask you to help us shape our ideas and plans.
Please get involved
Please spare the time to get involved – we need to hear from as many people as possible to get this right for the whole community.
Complete our survey
Find out more about what we want to achieve and our ideas so far by reading Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway.
It also has details of the local clinical commissioning group websites where you can find out how you can have your say.
Glenn Douglas, Senior Responsible Officer for the Kent and Medway Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan and Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Chief Executive, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
Dr Fiona Armstrong
Clinical Chair, NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group
Accountable Officer, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group
Chief Executive, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Bob Bowes
Clinical Chair, NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group
Councillor David Brake
Chair, Medway Health and Wellbeing Board
Dr Jonathan Bryant
Clinical Chair, NHS South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Andrew Burnett
Interim Director for Public Health Medway
Accountable Officer, NHS South Kent Coast and NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Groups
Paul Carter CBE
Leader, Kent County Council
Director of Public Health Kent
Acting Chief Executive, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Accountable Officer, NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley and Swale Clinical Commissioning Groups
Chief Executive, Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Programme Director Specialised Commissioning, NHS England South East
Dr Peter Green
Clinical Chair, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
Chair, Kent Health and Wellbeing Board
Chief Executive, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership
Corporate Director of Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Kent County Council
Councillor Alan Jarrett
Leader, Medway Council
Chief Executive, Virgin Care
Chief Executive, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Navin Kumta
Clinical Chair, NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Elizabeth Lunt
Clinical Chair, NHS Dartford Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group
Dr Tony Martin
Clinical Chair, NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group
Accountable Officer, NHS Ashford and NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Groups
Dr Sarah Phillips
Clinical Chair, NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group
Accountable Officer, NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
Director, Health Education Kent Surrey Sussex
Interim Director, Children and Adult Services, Medway Council